Havoc, I was not trying to debate. I agree with your qualifications on your second post about SOAP, in fact depending on the task or depending on the day I would choose one over another, I just took exception at the "masochist" comment. I have no desire to debate the SOAP vs REST discussions again, they were long and boring two years ago and they likely will be long and boring today.
That being said, my post about building the communications infrastructure on the desktop over HTTP was quite serious. I have been having this discussion over chicken schwarmas at lunch for months. I was not joking, nor was I trying to ridicule the discussion, I really believe that there is a lot to win with this model. The more I thought about it, the more sense it made to have applications speak HTTP on the desktop.
The discussion over SOAP and REST reminded me that I had long postponed a blog entry on my thoughts on the subject.
Will try to cook up a prototype activator.